Speakers to include in the week following 10th October

9.00am   Registration

Introduction and Welcome to Portsmouth:

District Governor Tim Mason

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice Chancellor, Portsmouth University

Rotarian Anita Godson, CEO of Lily & Lime LD – What is a Social Enterprise & my vision as a Rotarian & Entrepreneur


Guest Speaker from Rotary Australia – Mark Huddleston

Connecting with People and ways forward for your Service organisation in the 21st Century – District Governor welcomes Mark Huddleston author of Creatures of Habit

10.30am Coffee Break and networking

Followed by a workshop putting messages into practice & Feed Back and Q & A

12.30pm Lunch and opportunities to network

2.00 pm Connecting with People in our diverse society

We welcoming Rotarian Joanne Lockwood – Why bother with inclusion

Joanne is a leading authority on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. She specialises in promoting transgender awareness and support to businesses and organisations throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere.

As an International Keynote Conference speaker, Joanne delivers workshops, seminars, and engages with organisations to develop policy & best practises to be more inclusive for all people. Challenging Biases and helping them to develop a Vision and Strategy for Conscious Inclusion.

She is an Advisory Friend of The Institute of Equality & Diversity Professionals, Member of The Rotary Club, Toastmasters International, The Professional Speaking Association, and she sits as an Expert by Experience member for Southampton University. As a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, she believes passionately that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Sharon Smithson – Opportunities for inclusion

Malcolm Little the Refugee Officer from in Portsmouth will tell us more about his work in the area.

The British Red Cross help Refugees and asylum seekers dispersed by the Home office to Portsmouth and Southampton.
We help with one to one casework to help with asylum claims and have a drop in three times a week for people to meet caseworkers and socialise together. We run both women’s and men’s clubs. We help approx 100 people each week over the two cities.
We also have a young refugee project to help unaccompanied minors who arrive in Portsmouth. Working in collaboration with the Portsmouth City Council we offer English and maths lessons and help from an experienced caseworker to help them with legal difficulties and social integration to their new lives.

Nagina Dean – Integrating into a British community

Rotarian Nagina Kaleem BSc.M.Ed founded CAP Ministries Pakistan (Community Advance Programme) with her husband, to empower disadvantaged and marginalised Christian women in Pakistan. They provided training in sewing, knitting and literacy, to be able to run their own home businesses, as well as providing workshops on human rights and health issues.  Together they also set up two secondary schools for girls and five junior schools providing free education in the most marginalised sections of Pakistan society.  Since becoming refugees in England Nagina has continued to volunteer and support other women refugees, providing a platform for training and opportunities to face the cultural shock of being in a new country and to regain their confidence to integrate in British Society.

Hayley Binstead – not just Games, but building community caring.

Rotarian Hayley Binstead relentlessly, I have been driven to help others. I am a mum of 2 amazing daughters a ‘Nanny Nugget’ to an adorable granddaughter and a wife of 25 years to an incredible man. We help all from friends, colleagues to complete strangers, who come and see us at Board in the City. This has led to the place we are in today. A communal space with over 800 board games, as the hook, to entice people in through the door. We use the space and resources to develop people – giving them work experience, training, and references to give a snapshot of some of our work. Come and roll the dice with us someday…

3.30 pm Coffee/Tea Break and networking

4.00 pm Connecting with People in communities to enable Serving Up Social Change

Delphine Laveyne, 39, French, mum of 2. Founder of Zero Waste Portsmouth and Director of The Package Free Larder, Portsmouth’s first for social profit plastic-free shop. She’s passionate about Zero Waste lifestyle and sustainable consumption in general. In September 2018, she shared her vision of a zero waste shop that would also work as a community hub at a public meeting. By the end of the evening, a Steering Committee of over 10 volunteers was forme. In June 2019, The Package Free Larder’s crowdfunding went live with a target of £42k which ended successfully 56 days later with over £43k raised thanks to 905 supporters.

4.00 pm Connecting with People in communities to enable Serving Up Social Change

Delphine Laveyne – Package Free Larder in Portsmouth

Rotarian Luke Addison – Chair of Winchester Rotary Environment Committee

Luke Addison is a 27 year-old Rotarian and Rotaractor in the Winchester Clubs. Luke began his journey studying to be a Drama teacher at Winchester University, it was here that he was introduced to Rotary. Over the past 7 years Luke has been Rotaract President, District Rotaract Representative, Chair of Rotaract in Great Britain and Ireland and now a Rotarian. Luke is the Chair of the Environment Committee for Winchester Rotary Club.

District 1110 Rotaract Officer


4.30 pm  Final words – until the Festival Dinner to explore how we build awareness of Sustainable Food Partnerships and enjoy further fellowship